Like the Internet, this skeleton is made up of a series of tubes. If you don't like rolling small paper tubes, this may not be a good fit for you. My approach has been a bit loose (measure no times, cut twice) so if you are creating this you will have to play around a little bit and find out what works for you.

The whole thing probably took ~40 hours, but some portion of it was trial and error so you could probably cut it by a decent amount. It was very inexpensive to make, and resulted in a reasonable approximation of what I was looking for.

I am no biologist, nor do I aspire to be. I set out to make something that is only recognizable as a bird's skeleton about the size of a crow. Some of the bones are more faithful reproductions than others, but none of them would be mistaken for the real thing. The crow also ended up with 4 or 5 extra vertebrae because that is how long I wanted the neck to be.

Step 1: Materials

To make this skeleton you will need some materials:

  • 2 sheets of letter sized paper
  • roll of masking tape
  • palette for your glue (made of something that won't absorb glue)
  • thin sturdy tool for applying glue precisely
  • hobby knife
  • decent scissors
  • white glue

In addition to the hard materials you will also require some reference materials, use the Google Machine, it should provide you with what you need.

<p>This is impressive! I like your approach about going slow and enjoying the process. I try to do that in my projects, too.</p>
<p>It's like they always say 'slow and steady provides the most relaxing race' :)</p>
<p>Beautiful work, love it! You're definitely one step ahead in the papercraft world!</p>
<p>Creative one !</p>
<p>Thanks for taking a look!</p>
<p>it reminds me the dead birds in Grim Fandango. nice work.</p>
<p>I did some googling for images but couldn't find any of the birds. I do like the art direction in grim fandango though.</p>
<p>Looks Like a Real Fossil..Brilliant </p>
<p>Super-clever use of materials! My hat off to you and your admirable attention span. :)</p>
<p>That paper was just dying to get rolled into tubes :)</p>
nice, this was the first thing I've checked out on hear. very creative. I have to try this
<p>I'm glad you liked it, please post yours on here with the 'I made it' button if you make one!</p>
Wow we amazing
<p>Thanks for looking!</p>
<p>Sometimes I'm out of adjectives. Let's keep it with a WHAAAWWW!!!</p>
<p>Adjectives are overrated :)</p>
<p>Very, Very cool! I'm going to have to make one or something similar!</p>
<p>You definitely should! A cute little animal like a kitten skeletonized would make a nice juxtaposition :)</p>
<p>I love it, it is awesome :). Thank you so much for sharing.</p>
<p>Thanks for checking it out.</p>
<p>CAW!!! I can hear it yelling from the treetops already!</p>
<p>Hah, if that thing starts cawing, I will definetly put in in a bird cage (for science) :)</p>
<p>Nicely done, that looks amazing!</p>
<p>Thanks, it turned out pretty well. The skull is a bit faceted, but you can't have everything right? :)</p>
<p>Awesome!!! Very cool!!</p>
<p>Thanks for looking!</p>
<p>That looks wonderful. I love papercraft projects that are completely handmade. Thanks for sharing. </p>
<p>Thanks, I love making things by hand.</p>
<p>That's an awesome Make, well done!</p>
<p>Thanks for the note, I recognized your name from your party popper gun. I had no idea how prolific you were!</p>
<p>I've had some time...</p>
<p>This is great !! I'm afraid I don't have the patience to do something like that, but THANKS for sharing yours ... a kind of morbid beauty...</p>
<p>Thank you Wizard! I don't know about patience, I just tell Netflix to play me a season of TV while I roll tubes and glue. Now I'm on the 3rd season of Lost :)</p>

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